Technology of ocean ore minerals prospecting

Ferromanganese nodules —
one of the types of the ocean minerals
YMG exploration in the Pacific Ocean, 6 km

  • 20-years of experience of targeted studies
  • Reliable techniques of geological exploration
  • Complete technological cycle
  • Fusion of geological knowledge with modern analytical approaches
  • Co-relation of results with decision-making
  • Accounting for environmental aspects

JSC YUZHMORGEOLOGIYA has the ability to organize in a most effective and economic way very complicated technological processes of comprehensive studies of solid minerals in the World's Oceans.

The structural division of JSC YUZHMORGEOLOGIYA, providing specialized ocean-going vessels, processing facilities, research equipment and experienced staff creates a complete cycle from the exploration activity to contouring of the ore fields.  

Moreover, we managed to take a step forward — to carry out preparatory exploration for the next stage of developmental activities and we understand that combining up-to-date technologies with a high level of planning provides new opportunities for our company!

SCHEME OF THE TECHNOLOGICAL PROCESS

Multi beam echo sounding
Geological interpretation with construction of preliminary geomorphologic maps and structural maps of ore fields
Near-bed acoustic, photo and TV surveys
Gathering geological samples and seabed photographs.
Determination of physical and mechanic properties of sediments and nodules.
Chemical and analytical studies.
Final geological interpretation with evaluation of resources and identification of the prospective areas.

 

Research equipment:


  • МАК-1М  acoustic system (designed by SSC YMG)
  • NEPTUNE-C  photo and TV system (designed by SSC YMG)
  • Samplers and corers of various configurations (designed by SSC YMG)

The technology involved includes a series of studies for the determination of the composition, physical and mechanical properties of sediments and nodules and the dating of sedimentary formations in specialized shipboard and stationary chemical and analytical laboratories.

Technology allows us to:

  • Understand the structure of ore fields
  • Identify basic types of nodule fields
  • Evaluate mineral resources of fields and their metal potential
  • Single out the prospective zones